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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,073
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,398
Gots: 369 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of kingcrowing


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle pored into a sampling glass, had at the fall VT BA meet up.

Pours a light slightly hazy amber color with a nice small white head. Nose is a bit sweet and quite hoppy, similar to Pliny but a but more toned down. Still quite nice and more appropriate for the style.

Taste is a bit sweeter and maltose than Pliny which is to be expected, the hops are a bit less in you're face but the carbocation balances out the body very well. It's really a solid and drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:33:25 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of robwestcott


4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a crisp clear sunlight orange with a nice white foamy head leaving a fair amount of lace.

great big piney hop aroma, with a hint of floral hops in the wayback.

as expected, crisp and refreshing piney hops way up front.

thin, crisp, bitter but not to excess.

very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 00:38:22 | More by robwestcott
Photo of flannelman808


3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I was due for a revisit and frankly I'm not certain if I have ever had this on out of a bottle. Bottle on date is 090710. Or three days under a month old.

A: Bright light orange honey colored and pretty darn bright. Though there is a little bit of a haze present. Bone white head which a pancake batter like consistency.

S: Funky weird hop aroma going on. Skunk weed and evergreen. Resinous for sure.

T: Piney bitterness right off the bat but not overwhelming. Burnt orange peel followed with a malty cereal like quality.

M: Tingly and sticky.

D: High.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 08:39:04 | More by flannelman808
Photo of birchstick


4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/7/10, consumed on 10/2/10

A - pours a bright, faint copper with a nice one finger head

S - smells of some pineapple and juicy grapefruit hops with a bunch of pine behind it. It is almost as if some hop juice was oozed into this beer.

T - Based on the nose, I was expecting this to be sweeter than it was. Starts off with the grapefruit, but this was pushed aside by a barrage of bitter pine hops. There is a bit of a caramel malt base that helps hold this beer together. Leaves with an acidic bitterness akin to biting into a grapefruit peel. Very solid, but just a little too bitter for my liking.

M - nice full body that goes down wonderfully. Leaves a bit of a dry finish

D - Solid IPA. After drinking this, I can see why it is so highly rated. A west coast hop bomb all the way. However, I thought this beer was maybe a tad too bitter - I like my IPAs to showcase sweeter flavors. Other than that, not bad by any means. I have a PTE in the fridge right now, can't wait to see how the two compare. Thanks to MaxStout for sending this my way.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 19:44:11 | More by birchstick
Photo of hardy008


4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/7/10.

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice two finger foamy white head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma is nothing short of amazing. Pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, and pine. This should be outstanding.

The taste is everything the aroma advertises. Pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, and pine. Just a superb IPA. I could drink this all the time, if it was available in MN.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, easy to drink. Has a nice combination of hop bitterness and sweetness, with the hop bitterness being more dominant, as it should be. I wish this beer was more readily available online. I would buy it all the time if it was, along with Pliny the Elder of course.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 03:51:57 | More by hardy008
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Born On: 090710

Appearance -- Pours an orange amber, bright, with two fingers of sudsy lily-white head.

Smell -- Pine forest and grapefruit in the forefront, grassy, floral notes, hint of caramel malt.

Taste -- Lots of pine resin bitterness up front; not an alarming amount, but substantial. Also in the mix is grapefruit, tangerine, and tropical fruits. Malt profile is dry moreover, though there is just enough underlying caramel sweetness to unlock a lot of the interesting hop components.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, carbonation is present but not sharp. Very effective.

Drinkability -- This is pretty amazing. World-class IPA undoubtedly. Great hop profile and the malt character is very well balanced. Top tier.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 22:16:28 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of beagle75


4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.5 liter bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, dark golden color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright clean grapefruit citrus, with faint cracker and spices also detectable.

T: Begins off-dry with crisp pale malt at the forefront. Citrus and spicy hop aromatics are present in balance, but do not demand the center of the drinker's attention. A stale or stagnant flavor is detected just before the restrained bitter finish arrives--but does not linger.

M: Thin viscosity, very wet on the palate, yet also slightly sticky. Carbonation is very light, almost as if cask-conditioned.

D: The drinkability of this beer is through the roof--it disappears effortlessly and only disappoints the drinker when it inevitably yields an empty glass. Truly the little brother of Russian River's other notable IPAs--the sensory qualities detected here remind the drinker that, while each is distinct in its own way, there is much in all three that unifies them as genetically-gifted blood relations.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 05:27:09 | More by beagle75
Photo of wedgie9


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a hazy dull orange with a thick white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose is mango with resinous hops, and a hint of honey and caramel malt. Flavors are good tropical fruitiness with pineapple and mango, pine resin hops, and somewhat toasty malt. There is almost an acidity to this beer. The body is fairly light with average carbonation and a nice long pine finish. This is an outstanding IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:23:30 | More by wedgie9
Photo of gtn80


4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was a nice copper color with a bright white head. Head dissipated quickly.

Aroma was amazing, tons of grapefruit hops, lots of juicy citrus.

Taste was great, nice malt backbone for all those hops. Again, tons of juicy, fruity, citrusy hops. Bitterness is very present, and lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was nice, well carbonated beer, but not too high for the style.

Drinkability was fine, got though the bottle myself, alcohol wasn't too much, bitterness isn't mouth puckering. Great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:42:18 | More by gtn80
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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Russian River Brewery in a pint glass.

Had a thin head which disappeared quickly. A slight oil slick look remained on the top; hop oils, I presume.

This beer smells amazing, like ripe grapefruit and berries.

Tasting this beer was a pleasure from start to finish. The fresh, FRESH! hop flavor lingered all through the beer with flavors of fruit and some light malt fighting through. Although the oily feeling in the mouth kept me wanting a huge glass of water afterwards, this was very fun to drink.

This beer is very drinkable and I throw back a few of these anytime. Similar in style to Pliney the Elder, this beer is a great one by itself.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 04:46:31 | More by littlesgtpepper
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfume, pineapple, citrus fruits (grapefruit) emanate from a clear, golden amber body. There are hop oils on the surface after the head fades, which it does relatively early.

On the taste, bitterness comes through early yet doesn't build; almost as if it peaks right at the start. Pale malts, light grapefruit, oranges; flavorful and not astringent yet salty on the finish. The carbonation is medium high while the body is light which makes the beer very easy to drink, but not a personal preference. The beer is definitely a solid, easily quaffable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 14:15:50 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of TheseusT


4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/7/10, drank 9/27/10 from a cold pint glass. Pours a beautiful amber "que lindo es" with a 1/4" head. The aroma on this is absolutely amazing, like fresh-baked pineapple upside cake wafting from an open window on a hawaiian ranch. The taste at first is wonderful, just a flood of flavor with a feel of almost impossible balance of water and creaminess, facilitated by the beautiful bead on the bubbles. The lingering bitterness may be too much for some. But all good things at a price. Including tracking bottles of this down.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 16:08:22 | More by TheseusT
Photo of silentjay


4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

rather pale and clear copper color with a decent almost white head that retains and laces well.

pine, fresh cut grass, citrus rind. aroma is intoxicating. hints of tropical fruit and a touch of sweet light malts. nice.

earthy, grassy, piney with citrus providing some acidity and a little bit of bitterness. a touch of toffee and bready malts add some balance, though the delicious hops remain the focal point. leafy and fresh hop flavor. more hop flavor than hop bitterness. delicious.

a touch on the light side of medium bodied with some oily resin left on the palate and a bit of citrus in the aftertaste.

drinks amazing. easily made its way into my top few IPAs on this first tasting. bottled only 2 weeks ago, so its still drinking near or at its peak, and it shows. not a "big" beer, but its complex and flavorful. Pleasure to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 03:03:27 | More by silentjay
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North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, light golden honey color with a decent white head that laces the glass.
Citrus and wood, mostly pine with a good bit of oak to balance and a bit of malty sweetness.
The taste is almost perfect. Big hop flavor and not-quite-puckering hop bitterness overwhelm on the first wave, but the finish has a nice oaky mellowness to it that doesn't quite add anything so much as just smooth it all out on the grapefruity hop fade.
Feels smooth, yet very sufficiently carbonated. A pleasure to hold in ones mouth...
I could drink this all day, if I didn't have to get it in the mail. One of my favorite IPAs of all time.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 03:49:58 | More by BeerZack
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled 7/21/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a egg white head. Head doesn't last long and fades to moon craters along one side of my glass. Head stays strong when swirled.

Smell: Mostly grapefruit with a little pine resin and citrus. A touch of sweet malts in the back when warmed up.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Big hop taste. Grapefruit all the way here. A little spice and pale malt sweetness try to balance things out a bit, but it's all about the hops. Mouthfeel is creamy and has a nice fullness to it. Finishes with a dry, soft bitternes.

Drinkibility: This is a very nice IPA. Not difficult to down this bottle. More about the hops than the malts which fits the West Coast style. Wish I could've tryed a little fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 05:40:06 | More by ballz50401
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North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery as part of a recent road trip.

A- Bright amber/copper in color with a thick gleaming white head. Fantastic head retention and lacing throughout the entire brew. Just a great looking beer.

S- Oh wow, tons of citrusy hops with a bit of sweetness to round it out nicely. This is really what an IPA should smell like. So well rounded, not necessarily balanced though. I don't really expect "balance" in a West Coast IPA anyways ;)

T- Damn, flawless. Such a divine blend of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, it all seems to be there. There's even a slight caramel flavor to it as well, something I wasn't really expecting but is much appreciated.

M- Smooth, light-medium body. Well-carbonated.

D- Man, I could drink a ton of this stuff, but the sheer enormity of flavors is nearly a turnoff. An excellent beer and perhaps my new favorite IPA. I wish I would have bought a few bottles of it now.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 00:41:55 | More by kbeals
Photo of ChicagoTom


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was very anxious to sit down and enjoy this RR brew that I got in a trade for some Midwestern brews. I too had to take a few sips to see what I was really tasting. Nothing was overbearing neither in smell or taste but not that there was a lack of anything. This is just a drinkable brew that you can sit down and enjoy with some food. Definitely will have another when given the opportunity.

Smell= Light citrus aroma
Taste= Very light in hops
Lacing= Barely any
Mouth-feel= Hoppy carbonation
Color= Topaz

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:11:11 | More by ChicagoTom
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours light golden with a finger of fluffy head.

Smell: Great West Coast IPA aroma in this. Nice citrusy aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, mango mixed with some bitter hops and some malty sweetness.

Taste: Great taste that is full of grapefruit, pineapple and tart tangerine. Nice bite from the hops and and malty aftertaste. Very balance and very tasty. I think I prefer the taste of this to Sculpin, by a thin margin.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A very easy drinking, yet flavorful, IPA. Russian River knows what they are doing with IPAs. Fighting myself to not drink the entire growler tonight!

Serving type: growler

09-11-2010 22:55:24 | More by Axic10
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ben for this beauty!

This took me many sips before deciding upon my review... At first I was puzzled. There was some sweetness, but mostly grapefruit. Not much hops. As I sipped, the complexity grew.. Citrus, slight sweetness, and a hop backbone that was intense and solid. The hops creeked into the aroma. Faintly, but very present. The feel ended smooth. Started creamy, velvety, silky.

This is not your typical punch-you-in-the-face IPA, but it is complex and leaves you satisfied in the most sophisticated of ways!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 04:19:07 | More by EgadBananas
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3.43/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this on-tap at a RR event, right after Pliny the Elder, for what it's worth. served in tulip glass.

darker copper in color, with a thin white head. aroma is all hops, alot of pine. I thought the taste was actually hoppier than PtE, but no where near as balanced, so no where near as good in flavor. too bitter.

mouthfeel and drinkability was about average for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 03:18:28 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of deapokid


4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bubbly, amber brew with heavy, gooey lacing and high head retention. Head is super thick and sticks around for way longer than expected. Looks clean and composed without looking watered down or basic.

Hop smell is unmuddied, creamy and sweet. Biggest whiffs are citrusy (almost perfumy), packing in spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and a light maltiness. It's a really beautiful aroma and it smells so fresh, despite the fact that it may be a bit older than I'd usually like (beggars can't be choosers).

Flavor profile focuses on a spicy, orange rind of a hop bite with a creamy conclusion and incredibly smooth mouthfeel. The final moments are reminiscent of the best ESBs, boasting a rich doughiness and the slightest bitterness. Hop taste resonates without brutalizing, as does a warming alcoholic vibe.

As with all Russian River beers, this one manages to pack in a ton of unique flavor, while still boasting incredible balance and a maximum drinkability. It's so smooth and subtle, that it makes most of its style seem sub-par. I greatly anticipate trying this one on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 23:08:23 | More by deapokid
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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a fluted chalice. Vibrant and clear dark orange color, with an initial finger and a half of off white head. Some light carbonation visible through the beer.

Nose is grapefruit and orange peel, with some pineapple/tropical fruit as well. A small hint of fresh pine needles in the background.

Grapefruit dominates initially, bitter and refreshing through the tongue. Some herbal hops mid tongue and into the finish. Bitter, but not tongue numbing bitter, which is nice.

Light bodied IPA, finishes relatively dry with only a small hint of citrus peel lingering. Carbonation is not too aggressive, which helps if you're also eating, but is enough to really cleanse your tongue.

This IPA would be excellent with a good meal, as it doesn't make everything you eat taste bitter, and ABV is low enough that you would retain most of your senses.

An excellent IPA if you can get it, and dare I say it, on par with PtE for flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:07:43 | More by nataku00
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a taster glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a large creamy head that leaves nice lacing for each sip. Aroma is west coast styled hpooybwith sweet grapefruit and pine mostly. Taste is sweet stick and medium full bodied. Really smooth and balanced yet hop forward. Mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation is spot on and has a nice crisp finish. Drinkability is perfect. This is up there withbthebesr American ipas out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 01:38:58 | More by Augustiner719
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/3/10

Bottled on 7/21/10

Many thanks to Nickd717

Boasting excellent clarity without any haze, Blind Pig IPA is a nice golden amber color that leans more toward the former when held to the light. It started off with about one finger of foam, though head retention has thinned to tightly grouped bubbles. Thin retention & patchy lace.

Pine is a mainstay of the aroma & melds into citric notes aplenty - grapefruit, lemon, tangerine & orange peel. It calls to mind the fragrance of pine-sol. On the whole the aroma isn't zesty, but rather steady-handed. Malt presence is at a minimum.

In similar fashion to the nose, Blind Pig has a big pine presence to taste; bitterness is a little above moderate. Grapefruit & a hint or two of lemon work their way in around the edges. This culminates in a really enjoyable, clean hop profile. Nice & dry. Again, malts really don't stand much of chance.

Medium body, maybe even a nudge toward the light side. Carbonation is spot on for the hop profile, giving it just enough crackle. Finishes pretty clean; some pine & residuals linger.

Drinkability is quite good. This is an incredibly well-crafted IPA that I would have no problem drinking on a regular basis. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 04:01:28 | More by Ryan011235
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very gold in color-I would expect a tad darker but thats ok. Nice fluffy white head. Very grassy and hoppy aroma. Big hop blast flavor wise-quite astringent from the heavy hops. Fresh cut grass like. Long lingering bite to it. Good body-the astringency might be a tad much in the long run. Great example of a US IPA for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 01:10:10 | More by lackenhauser
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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